Saturday, April 30, 2005

New Hosting Services

It is amazing at how technology is creating a domino affect for domain hosting.

With the decrease in the price of hardware and the increase in the size of capacity of hard drives, some domain name hosting companies have some excellent deals.

An example of this is a client was able to obtain 10 gigabytes of storage and 100 gigabytes of bandwidth for less than fifteen dollars per month or less than $10.00/mth. paid annually. The plan included 10 unique domain names, an excellent control panel, and a host of other free add on features like blogging software, wiki applications, image galleries, mailing lists, content & project management apps., polls & surveys, FAQ scripts, E-commerce, unlimited email, unlimited databases, guest books, discussion boards, and a host of other features.

A reminder for anyone out there that is thinking about switching services. Do not get hooked into a situation where a provider holds you hostage to your domain name having to be registered with them. If a problem develops with a provider it can be extremely difficult to switch to another or have excessive down time of the website. In some cases old companies are not updating their equipment or technical problems can occur beyond their control.

If you are wondering which hosting company this is, before giving out a recommendation I like to get some history behind it.

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Friday, April 01, 2005

Help - Mail Server Problems

IT stuff is a time killer

I am still pulling out my hair on trying to get my SMTP Server and IMAP/POP3 mail server functioning properly. It seems as though it functions intermittently. I have gone through tier one level support and now am on to tier two support.

Here is the scoop so far.
  1. Two days ago, I could not turn on the function on the OSDL Linux remote server. Trouble ticket was sent. Next day it was turned on. Can now toggle.
  2. Started adding Email boxes and verifying operation of Emails one at a time. Verified using various mail clients. Everything looked OK.
  3. Today, mail intermittently will receive but most of the time can not send.
  4. Verified system POP3 and SMTP mail server settings. Toggled with authorization then without. No change.
  5. Spoke with several people at the service center. All were helpful but still no solid answers.
  6. Sent off an email to the next level and referenced the original trouble ticket which I believe still may be a factor on the problem.
  7. Tried rebooting the server. No change.
  8. Tried long and short e mail login names i.e. or just help. No change.
  9. Verified DNS values. Everything looked OK there.
So now I wait.

After spending eight hours on this I am ready for a Java break. Man, what a time killer this IT stuff!

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